Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has instructed members of the State Executive Council to commence the preparation of their handover notes as his first term in office approaches its conclusion. The directive was issued during the 126th State Executive Council meeting held inside the Executive Council Chambers in Government House, Yenagoa, on Wednesday.
The Governor, who is set to be sworn in for another term on February 14, emphasized the importance of a seamless transition and urged his cabinet members to meticulously finalize their handover notes. He expressed appreciation for their collective contributions to the state’s development and acknowledged the achievements recorded during his first term as a result of their combined efforts.
Governor Diri commended the spirit of unity and love within the Executive Council, attributing the administration’s successes in infrastructure, education, health, sports, security, and the judiciary to their collaborative efforts. He thanked them for their selfless service and encouraged continued dedication until the end of the term.
“As you are aware, our administration is winding down its first tenure, and I know you will not wait for me to tell you to start preparing your handover notes. I commend you for the selfless service you have rendered in the last four years,” Governor Diri stated.
The Governor also took a moment to honor the late former Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Steven Ogullah, during a valedictory session held earlier in the day. He praised Dr. Ogullah’s dedication and proposed an amendment to the policy of honoring exco members, ensuring recognition only for those who served the state without blemish.
Describing Dr. Ogullah as a committed individual, Governor Diri acknowledged his unwavering support even after leaving office. The late commissioner’s role in supporting the Governor’s re-election was highlighted, and the Governor extended gratitude to the departed commissioner’s family, assuring them that his contributions to the state’s development would remain indelible.
Former cabinet colleagues of the late Commissioner, including Mr. Kesiye Oputu, Blesson Akpuluma, Chief Robert Enogha, and Dr. Josephine Izonbodor, all paid tribute to Dr. Ogullah as a loving and caring man who took his job seriously. They expressed sorrow over his departure, considering it a significant loss not only to his family but also to the state.
The State Executive Council has not been dissolved, and Governor Diri reassured members that the valedictory session was not the final meeting, acknowledging the ongoing dedication of the council until the official end of the term.Follow us on social media